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What Is A Second Chance Property?

For those who don’t know, second chance properties are rentals that are available to those who have a less than perfect rental history. For example, a second chance property might be right for you if you have bad credit history, you have a previous eviction on your record, you a have previously been inconsistent in your rent payments, or if you have broken a lease.

Are There Leasing Requirements for Second Chance?

While second chance leasing provides an opportunity to rent even with a less than perfect history, these properties do not come without their qualifications or restrictions. Second chance apartment applications will likely need you to demonstrate that you have committed to resolving any outstanding issues in good faith.

For example, if you have past rental debt, you can demonstrate that you’ve set up a payment plan to pay it off. Or if you have poor credit, you may need to offer an explanation about why your credit is low, and demonstrate that you are currently in a more stable financial position.

The property manager at your potential apartment community will explain what resources and documentation that you need in order to qualify for an apartment. It’s likely that you’ll need to have references who can speak to your personal character and financial stability.

How Can I Use ForRent.com To Find a Second Chance Property?

At ForRent.com, we advertise available apartment communities that decide to list their rental with us. While we don’t specifically seek out or classify second chance apartment communities, we have a large number of rental listings available in locations across the country with apartments that span style, price points, and classifications. With so much variety, we make it easy to find the right rental to match your needs and situation.

To find a second chance apartment community near you, start by running an online search at ForRent.com to see what apartments are available in your city. Next, use the search filters to narrow down the results to meet your criteria. For example, you may be searching for a 1-bedroom, within a certain price range, that has certain apartment amenities like air conditioning, or community amenities like a parking garage.

After finding an apartment community that interests you, get in touch with the property managers to see if their rental requirements would work with your situation. Keep in mind that you may be required to pay a larger security deposit.

How Can I Use A Second Chance Rental As Stepping Stone?

After renting a second chance apartment, you then have the opportunity to repair your rental record by consistently paying your rent on time, keeping your apartment damage-free, and following the conditions of your lease. Building your rental history using second chance leasing will open up a wider set of apartment rentals when you are ready to move on, making it easier to secure your next apartment.

Want more apartment rental tips? Follow along with our ForRent.com Blog, use our Monthly Rental Calculator to see how much you can afford, or read through our Apartment Renters Guide.

This article was originally published on January 15, 2015. It has been updated to current sources and statistics as of February 7, 2018.

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Amber is the Director of Content Marketing for ForRent.com and has been with the company since April 2007. In her role, Amber strategizes, executes and optimizes a content and social media plans across multiple channels and platforms. This includes blogs, social networks, video sharing sites, and other conversational media. She spends a great deal of time building relationships with consumers, social media influencers, and bloggers to generate awareness of the ForRent.com brands. In her free time, Amber loves running, #hashtags, and DIY projects.

Comments

  1. I am needing a second chance apartment that does not cost $900 or more a month because I cannot afford that. My budget is only $600 a month. I am looking for something in the Atlanta area. I need to move into my new place before or at the end of April.
    • Hi, Kimberly! Thanks for reaching out to ForRent.com with your question. We do not filter by second chance apartments, but we do filter by price. Here are the apartments in the Atlanta area that are less than $600 a month: http://www.forrent.com/find/GA/metro-Atlanta/Atlanta/price-Less+than+600

      If you are worried about past rental history, perhaps have an old landlord or employer write a letter of recommendation for you. You may have more luck in the private sector – look for guest houses, rooms for rent, garage apartments, etc. Best of luck with your apartment search!

  2. Looking for a second chance apartment that is no more than 750. Also that’s between Atlanta and doravill
    • Hello Kathy, Unfortunately, we do not specifically list second chance apartments on ForRent.com. We are an advertising resource for property management companies to promote their apartments. If you are searching for second chance apartments I suggest you fill out a guest card and ask if it’s accepted. Also, there are several non-profits that can assist you in finding your next apartment. All the best!

  3. Rosa gamino says:
    My name is rosa im looking for a second chance apartment that has two bedroom in one bath in dallas tx in oak cliff. I want the rent to be $740 to 760 month by October
    • Hello, Rosa. Unfortunately, we do not specifically advertise second chance apartments on ForRent.com. We are merely a marketing resource through which landlords share information about their apartments with the public.If you have a felony conviction, there may be organizations in your area that assist with finding housing for people.If you do not find success in your apartment search with organizations, it is possible that you may be able to find a smaller company or independent owner who may be more inclined to work with you.  Best of luck with your apartment search!

  4. I was just evicted and my landlord refused my rent I’m homeless and I need an apartment for me and my two small children is there any second chance apartments in Carson city NV
    • Hello, Danielle. Thanks for reaching out to us with your concern. First of all, we acknowledge the difficult position you are in and commend you for moving forward. Unfortunately, we do not specifically advertise second chance apartments on ForRent.com. We are merely a marketing resource through which landlords share information about their apartments with the public.If you have a felony conviction, there may be organizations in your area that assist with finding housing for people.If you do not find success in your apartment search with organizations, it is possible that you may be able to find a smaller company or independent owner who may be more inclined to work with you. Best of luck with your apartment search!

  5. Jose A Ramirez says:
    Good Afternoon i lend someone my name last year got a broken lease i need second chance home or apartments in orlando
    • We here at ForRent.com do not actually provide second chance housing (we are instead a resource for the consumer to review available housing that has been placed for advertisement with us). That being said, we would like to suggest that you look into the organizations (particularly in the non-profit sector) in your area that offers guidance in this particular matter.

  6. Amber Bumpass says:
    Hi im looking for a second chance apartment in the Denver Aurora Colorado Area. I m looking for a price close to 600-750 no more. I really cant afford that right now. DO you think that you cna help me find one.
    • We here at ForRent.com do not actually second chance apartments or participate in programs of the like. We are instead a resource for the consumer to review available housing that has been placed for advertisement with us. That being said, we would like to suggest that you look into the organizations (particularly in the non-profit sector) in your area that offers guidance in these matters. In the meantime, we wish the best in your apartment search endeavors.

  7. Tina Mobley says:

    Hi im looking for any second chance homes that are available to rent in the miami dade florida are im looking for something no more than 900 or 1000 a month with water included. Im trying to move asap no later than the new year December 30 is the latest please help.

  8. Hello my name is Lakina and I’ve literally have been trying to pick up the pieces of my life since about 2011 when my ex-husband and I divorced he used my name for a lot of things and then stuck me with the debt by telling the judge we had no marital debt and we infact do, every since then its been hard for me to get a rental, I was wondering if I can be helped in finding a place to accommodate my family and I?
    • Hi Lakina, Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. First of all, we acknowledge the difficult position you are in and commend you for moving forward. We would love to accommodate your moving arrangements by supplying the best options in your apartment needs. Please let me know what city and state you are interested in moving to and we would be very happy to assist you!

  9. Danette Parris says:
    Hello my name is Danette Im looking for a apartment or duplex in the North Long Beach or Downey Ca area I don’t want to pay no more then 1100 to 1200 month
  10. Josefa magana says:
    My name is Josefa Im 22 years old I’m in the process of getting married I have 3 babies 0,1,and 2 years old☺I’m looking for an apartment or house of 2 or 3 rooms to move in as soon as possible my Apts burn down one night before Xmas of 2017 and today March 2018 I still haven’t found anything i just had my babies on January and because of my bad credit I believe I can’t get a place I lend someone my credit when I was in the process of buying a home and unfortunately that person screw me over I would want a second chance to be trusted so I can get a home I currently be spending 25,35,45 exc on application fees I already have more the 500 and I never get a call back to at list tell me no or something I just want a place where my babies can call a home sweet home please help me help us.  ?
    • Hello Josefa,
      We here at ForRent.com do not actually provide housing or participate in programs for those with income challenges in finding rental housing (we are instead a resource for the consumer to review available housing that has been placed for advertisement with us).  That being said, we would like to suggest that you look into the organizations (particularly in the non-profit sector) in your area that offers guidance in these matters.  While this might take some legwork (or finger work on a computer), the results may be helpful.  In the meantime, we wish the best during this difficult time.

  11. Marshawn Davis says:
    I have a 17 year old felony and also it’s hard to fond a place to stay and my job just transferred me to the Atlanta ga area and I start my job in April could and anyone help me with this
  12. Alexis LaGrone says:

    My name is Alexis and I wanted to know if you have any second chance apartments in St. Louis Mo I am a single mother and need a 2br that’s not over 500

  13. If you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth area we can help  secondchancerent.com
  14. Hi, I’m looking to move, and I have an eviction. I need something next week.
    • Hi Jasmine,
      To find a second chance apartment community near you, start by running an online search at ForRent.com to see what apartments are available in your city. Next, use the search filters to narrow down the results to meet your criteria. For example, you may be searching for a 1-bedroom, within a certain price range, that has certain apartment amenities like air conditioning, or community amenities like a parking garage.
      After finding an apartment community that interests you, get in touch with the property managers to see if their rental requirements would work with your situation. Keep in mind that you may be required to pay a larger security deposit.
      Best of luck with your search!

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